7 Great Gaming Laptops to Fit All Budgets

Three best gaming laptops at Walmart Editor's picks

There’s no getting around the fact that a gaming laptop will cost you a little more than the average computer since it needs more power and memory to help games load quickly and run smoothly. But if you shop smart, you should be able to get what you want based on your budget. To make things a little easier, we’ve put together a list of the best gaming laptops of 2022—including the best budget and virtual reality gaming laptop—so you can quickly find the one that’s right for you.

Our editor’s picks

Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650

RAM: 8 GB

Storage: 512 GB SSD

Display: Full HD (1920×1080)

Weight: 5.3 pounds

  • The fast, Full HD screen is a perfect match for this notebook’s processing power.

  • The GeForce GTX 1650 is an entry-level gaming graphics card but is sufficient for most games.

Read more
Best gaming laptop for students
ASUS TUF Gaming A17

Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050

RAM: 16 GB

Storage: 512 GB SSD

Display: Full HD (1920×1080)

Weight: 5.7 pounds

  • There’s seven hours of battery life (when not gaming), perfect for a full day of schoolwork.

  • At 5.7 pounds it’s a smidge heavy to carry in a knapsack.

Read more

Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650

RAM: 16 GB

Storage: 1 TB SSD

Display: Full HD (1920×1080)

Weight: 3.5 pounds

  • At 3.5 pounds, it effortlessly slips in your bag while on commutes, road trips or air travel.

  • Some reviewers say it’s a tad hard to see the backlit keys, which may be difficult if playing in darker rooms.

Read more

Graphics: AMD Radeon Graphics

RAM: 8 GB

Storage: 256 GB SSD

Display: Full HD (1920×1080)

Weight: 4.0 pounds

  • It has plenty of ports, including HDMI out, two USB 2.0 inputs and even a Micro SD Card reader.

  • Radeon graphics results in less-than-perfect rendering of sophisticated 3D visuals.

Read more
Best big screen gaming laptop
MSI Raider GE76 17.3

Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070

RAM: 32 GB

Storage: 1 TB SSD

Display: Full HD (1920×1080)

Weight: 6.39 pounds

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 3070 graphics card is one of the best at capturing eye-popping colour and the finest detail in games.

  • It’s the most expensive gaming laptop on our list, but aside from the best graphics card, it has 1 TB of storage.

Read more

Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060

RAM: 16 GB

Storage: 512 GB SSD

Display: Full HD (1920×1080)

Weight: 5.07 pounds

  • With four USB 3.2 ports (three Type-A and one Type-C) plus an HDMI output, you’ll be able to connect all your VR gear.

  • When running at maximum speed, the fans may be a bit loud.

Read more
Best gaming laptop for fast-action play
ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition

Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 6800M

RAM: 16 GB

Storage: 512 GB SSD

Display: Full HD (1920×1080)

Weight: 5.5 pounds

  • FreeSync Premium technology helps eliminate screen lag, smooths stuttering and reduces latency for a phenomenal gaming experience.

  • There’s no webcam so you won’t be able to video livestream.

Read more
In this guide
Gaming laptop vs. standard laptop

Before you decide on your big purchase, you may want to consider if you’ll need a gaming laptop or a standard one. Gaming laptops have the power to run and make the most of the latest and greatest games from Assassin’s Creed to Cyberpunk 2077, while standard laptops can only handle basic gaming duties and are designed for light tasks.

Gaming laptops are best if…

  • You plan on playing PC games with high spec requirements.
  • You prefer crisp, gorgeous graphics.
  • You want gaming that’s free of crashes and frame stutters.

Standard laptops are best if…

  • You plan on using it for productivity and everyday tasks like typing documents, sending emails or surfing the web.
  • You want a more lightweight laptop.
Features to consider

Sometimes gaming laptop spec sheets can fluster even seasoned PC gamers. Keep your cool by focusing on a few key specifications:

  • Graphics card: Look for a discrete, dedicated graphics card from Nvidia or AMD, then compare their model numbers. The higher the number, the more powerful the card.
  • Display: Aim for a big, bright screen with a resolution of at least 1080p (1920×1080) and a high refresh rate (120 Hz is good but 144 Hz and above is better).[1] 
  • RAM: Laptops with lots of memory—16 GB is a good goal—helps keep games running smoothly even during scenes with overwhelming action and peak performance.[2] 
  • Storage: A laptop with a solid-state drive (SSD), as opposed to a standard hard disk, will likely be a little pricier, but provides lightning-quick loading times.
Best budget gaming laptop
Acer Nitro 5 15.6 Acer Nitro 5 15.6 Acer Nitro 5 15.6 Acer Nitro 5 15.6 Acer Nitro 5 15.6 Acer Nitro 5 15.6 Acer Nitro 5 15.6 Acer Nitro 5 15.6
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650

  • RAM: 8 GB

  • Storage: 512 GB SSD

  • Display: Full HD (1920×1080)

  • Weight: 5.3 pounds

With a speedy AMD Ryzen processor and reliable Nvidia graphics, this affordable gaming laptop has everything you need to run all the latest games, from Call of Duty to Age of Empires. It won’t max out graphics in most games, but it also won’t break the bank.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The fast, Full HD screen is a perfect match for this notebook’s processing power.

  • Sleek design and colourful accents help this notebook stand out at game parties.

  • Speedy solid-state drive means you’ll be dropped into the gaming action before you can finish the first sip of your favourite energy drink.

Cons
  • Just 8 GB of memory may limit the smoothness and reliability of some games.

  • The GeForce GTX 1650 is an entry-level gaming graphics card but is sufficient for most games.

The draw
Perfect gaming laptop for the price point.
-zacc, Walmart customer
The downside
I looked it up and they aren’t the sturdiest physically. But if VERY well taken care of and added warranty, it IS worth it!
-elina.n, originally posted on influenster.com
Best gaming laptop for students
ASUS TUF Gaming A17 ASUS TUF Gaming A17 ASUS TUF Gaming A17 ASUS TUF Gaming A17
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050

  • RAM: 16 GB

  • Storage: 512 GB SSD

  • Display: Full HD (1920×1080)

  • Weight: 5.7 pounds

If you’re looking for a gaming laptop that can double duty as a school notebook, then this ASUS TUF Gaming A17 is a great choice. It has 512 GB of storage to conveniently hold all your downloaded games and files for school. Plus, you can stream and multi-task with ease using this machine’s speedy RAM.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • There are four exhaust fans, so you don’t need to worry about the laptop overheating while running high-performance games.

  • There’s seven hours of battery life (when not gaming), perfect for a full day of schoolwork.

  • The anti-glare display helps reduce eye strain so you can game or do schoolwork without the strain.

Cons
  • At 5.7 pounds it’s a smidge heavy to carry in a knapsack.

The draw
The more I use this laptop, the more I like it. The keyboard is excellent-a great feel to the keys.
-TF 4, originally posted on asus.com
The downside
Might go for AMD Avantage (all AMD) next time, but this one does not disappoint.
-Homer Viking, originally posted on asus.com
Best lightweight gaming laptop
ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Ultra Slim Gaming Laptop ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Ultra Slim Gaming Laptop ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Ultra Slim Gaming Laptop ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Ultra Slim Gaming Laptop
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650

  • RAM: 16 GB

  • Storage: 1 TB SSD

  • Display: Full HD (1920×1080)

  • Weight: 3.5 pounds

Play Tiny Tina Wonderlands or Elden Ring on the go with this 14-inch lightweight portable gaming laptop. It’s incredibly slim and has built-in Dolby Atmos speakers for immersive sound during those intense action scenes. Thanks to a lightning-quick graphics card and speedy memory, your games will run buttery smooth while minimizing lag.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • At 3.5 pounds, it effortlessly slips in your bag while on commutes, road trips or air travel.

  • The spacious 1 TB SSD will be appreciated by players who regularly switch between games.

  • The ROG Intelligent Cooling system helps the laptop stay consistently cool during long gaming sessions.

Cons
  • Some reviewers say it’s a tad hard to see the backlit keys, which may be difficult if playing in darker rooms.

The draw
I bought the laptop around one month ago. I still have no change to do such as gaming or 3D render. So, till today, I have no complaints about it.
-omcalip_msu, originally posted on asus.com
The downside
The position of the USB ports is on the lower right of the laptop. This means if you're using a wired mouse when playing on the laptop screen, it could get in the way.
-Your average student, originally posed on bestbuy.com
Best standard laptop for gaming
ASUS 15.6” Full IPS VivoBook ASUS 15.6” Full IPS VivoBook ASUS 15.6” Full IPS VivoBook ASUS 15.6” Full IPS VivoBook ASUS 15.6” Full IPS VivoBook ASUS 15.6” Full IPS VivoBook ASUS 15.6” Full IPS VivoBook ASUS 15.6” Full IPS VivoBook ASUS 15.6” Full IPS VivoBook
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon Graphics

  • RAM: 8 GB

  • Storage: 256 GB SSD

  • Display: Full HD (1920×1080)

  • Weight: 4.0 pounds

If spending an arm and a leg on a gaming notebook isn’t in the cards, consider this modestly powerful standard Windows laptop instead. It’s not ideal for greedier games like Call of Duty, but it should prove perfectly sufficient for more casual gaming experiences, from Minecraft to The Sims.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The quick solid-state drive and 8 GB of memory help boost loading.

  • It has plenty of ports, including HDMI out, three USB 2.0 inputs and even a Micro SD Card reader.

  • It’s considerably lighter than most serious gaming laptops.

Cons
  • Radeon graphics results in less-than-perfect rendering of sophisticated 3D visuals.

The draw
This a great computer. It feels good, light and well built. The specs are good for my needs (Web browsing, YouTube, Office work, TEAMS,...).
-Einstein, Walmart customer
The downside
I mostly just play Sims and Minecraft. I own almost every Sims 4 expansion and they all fit on this hard drive no problem with my saved games. If I wanted to play a bunch of other games I would probably need an external hard drive for them.
-Kiers, originally posted on bestbuy.com
Best big screen gaming laptop
MSI Raider GE76 17.3 MSI Raider GE76 17.3 MSI Raider GE76 17.3 MSI Raider GE76 17.3
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070

  • RAM: 32 GB

  • Storage: 1 TB SSD

  • Display: Full HD (1920×1080)

  • Weight: 6.39 pounds

This MSI Raider is pricey, but if you’re looking to splurge on a great gaming laptop, this is one of our top choices. Its spacious 17.3-inch display serves as a stunning window into your favourite virtual worlds. As awesome bonuses: It’s great for content creation and streaming your favourite TV shows or movies—making it an all-around versatile gaming laptop.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The beautiful design includes a programmable multi-coloured LED lighting system.

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 3070 graphics card is one of the best at displaying eye-popping colour and the finest detail in games.

  • The latest Windows 11 is included.

Cons
  • The bigger screen means you’ll have to carry a whopping six pounds.

  • It’s the most expensive gaming laptop on our list, but you do get great components like its high-end graphics card and 1 TB of storage.

The draw
Thing's honestly a beast. Can do anything you can throw at it with ease. Video editing? No problem. Any game highest graphics? No sweat bro. School use? Easy.
-Fletch, originally posted on bestbuy.ca
The downside
MSI could offer more manual control of fans and clock speeds like other similar brands.
-Andrew, originally posted on bestbuy.ca
Best laptop for VR
Acer Nitro 5 15.6 Acer Nitro 5 15.6 Acer Nitro 5 15.6 Acer Nitro 5 15.6 Acer Nitro 5 15.6 Acer Nitro 5 15.6 Acer Nitro 5 15.6 Acer Nitro 5 15.6 Acer Nitro 5 15.6
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060

  • RAM: 16 GB

  • Storage: 512 GB SSD

  • Display: Full HD (1920×1080)

  • Weight: 5.07 pounds

If virtual reality (VR) is key to your gaming considerations, it’s important to remember that not all laptops are VR-ready. Luckily, this one is! It has more than enough horsepower and memory to cut through VR games like butter, plus ample ports to connect a VR headset and controllers.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • With four USB 3.2 ports (three Type-A and one Type-C) plus an HDMI output, you’ll be able to connect all your VR gear.

  • Its fast (144 Hz) Full HD display is a treat when not using your VR headset.

  • GeForce RTX 3060 graphics work in tandem with 16 GB of RAM—ample power for any VR game.

Cons
  • When running at maximum speed, the fans may be a bit loud.

  • A few users say the built-in speakers are quiet, but that the laptop works well with a headset or external speakers.

The draw
Has excellent graphics you can change the lights on the keyboard.
-Murray, Walmart customer
The downside
Earlier versions had easy access panels for upgrading RAM and storage, but on this the entire bottom needs to be removed.
-Anise, originally posted on bestbuy.com
Best gaming laptop for fast-action play
ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 6800M

  • RAM: 16 GB

  • Storage: 512 GB SSD

  • Display: Full HD (1920×1080)

  • Weight: 5.5 pounds

This esports-ready ASUS ROG is a jack-of-all trades and one of our top gaming laptops. It includes a Full HD resolution display, a narrow bezel that looks stunning and FreeSync Premium for ultra-smooth gameplay.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • FreeSync Premium technology helps eliminate screen lag, smooths stuttering and reduces latency for a phenomenal gaming experience.

  • It has an AI noise-cancellation mic that removes unwanted background sounds, so games and team chats are crystal clear.

  • With up to 12 hours of battery life there’s enough juice for a full day of challenging opponents.

Cons
  • There’s no webcam so you won’t be able to video livestream.

  • Some reviewers say that the display could be brighter.

The draw
This is the nicest laptop I've ever owned. For what features you're getting, the price is a steal! It comes with a buttery-smooth 300MHz 3ms display with a great colour gamut.
-Jacobus Burger, originally posted on asus.com
The downside
Really high temps (but not throttling!) and coil whine at low fan speeds.
-NgNority, originally posted on asus.com
Shop all gaming laptops at Walmart
You might also like
Article Sources
Chad Sapieha has been writing about video games and technology for more than two decades, with thousands of stories appearing in national publications including The Globe and Mail and The National Post, and appearances on CTV News, Global News, and CBC radio. He has also written about parenting in the digital age for Today's Parent, Parenting.com, and Common Sense Media. Chad lives in Southern Ontario with his wife, daughter, and a criminally adorable dog named Ron Swanson.
How we choose products

Simply put, we don’t recommend any products we wouldn’t buy ourselves. Our writers leverage a number of sources as a starting point, including reputable third-party reviews, Walmart.ca user reviews, and Walmart Canada’s category specialists. theHUB editorial staff has final say for all products included in this guide.

Any product claims noted are provided by the manufacturer, unless otherwise stated. Prices shown are subject to change. Please check Walmart.ca for the latest pricing. This article is intended as general information. To be sure a product is right for you, always be sure to read and follow the label(s)/instruction(s) that accompany your product(s). Walmart will not be responsible for any injury or damage caused by this activity.

Was this article helpful?

This article is intended as general information. Always be sure to read and follow the label(s)/instruction(s) that accompany your product(s). Walmart will not be responsible for any injury or damage caused by this activity.